One Step Forward, Two Steps Back. We must continue the good fight. We will prevail!
— Kenn Bell, Dog Files Creator
Saying it’s acting in the interest of public safety, College Park, Georgia officials will enact a “dangerous dog” registry next month that some critics say is very close to canine profiling.
Residents owning dogs that have, without provocation, bitten someone during the last 12 years, will be required to register their pet with the city clerk’s office. Pit Bull, Doberman, Rottweiler and German Shepherd owners, will also have to register their dogs whether they have ever attacked someone or not.
Registration will cost a $25 annual fee. Those who fail to register their dogs will face fines and confiscation of their pets.
Lawrenceville, LaGrange and Floyd County have all enacted their own versions of the ordinance but College Park appears to be the first municipality in Georgia to require registration for breeds beyond Pit Bulls.
There have been several recent Pit Bull attacks in areas near College Park. Last August an infant was mauled and seriously injured by a Pit Bull; two months later, a resident walking his dog was attacked by a neighbor’s Pit Bull. In addition, an animal control officer was bitten by a dog.
Critics are upset that no public hearings were held before the dog registry became law.